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Technical Perspective: A Chilly Sense of Security

Many systems rely on keeping a master key secret. But technological progress can undermine old assumptions.

Voyagers and Voyeurs
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Voyagers and Voyeurs: Supporting Asynchronous Collaborative Visualization

This article describes mechanisms for asynchronous collaboration in the context of information visualization, recasting visualizations as not just analytic tools...

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Technical Perspective: Finding and Telling Stories with Data

Visual analysis, a powerful method for finding and telling stories with data, is moving from research into widespread use.

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Technical Perspective: One Size Fits All: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone

Beginning in the early to mid-1980s the relational model of data has dominated the DBMS landscape. Moreover, descendents of...

Breaking the Memory Wall in MonetDB
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Breaking the Memory Wall in MonetDB

In this paper, we report how research around the MonetDB database system has led to a redesign of database architecture in order to take advantage of modern hardware...

Polaris
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Polaris: A System For Query, Analysis, and Visualization of Multidimensional Databases

In this paper, we address these demands by presenting the Polaris formalism, a visual query language for precisely describing a wide range of table-based graphical...

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Technical Perspective: Safeguarding Online Information Against Failures and Attacks

Users need storage that is highly reliable (it is not lost) and highly available (accessible when needed). Guaranteeing...

Technical Perspective: The Polaris Tableau System
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Technical Perspective: The Polaris Tableau System

Jim Gray nominated the Polaris paper for the Research Highlights section and wrote the first draft of this Technical Perspective in November 2006. David Patterson...

Zyzzyva: Speculative Byzantine Fault Tolerance
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Zyzzyva: Speculative Byzantine Fault Tolerance

A longstanding vision in distributed systems is to build reliable systems from unreliable components. An enticing formulation of this vision is Byzantine fault-tolerant...

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Technical Perspective: Computational Photography on Large Collections of Images

This paper wil strike a familiar chord with anyone who has ever taken a picture. The problem is easy to understand— replacing unwanted parts of a photograph.

Scene Completion Using Millions of Photographs
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Scene Completion Using Millions of Photographs

What can you do with a million images? In this paper, we present a new image completion algorithm powered by a huge database of photographs gathered from the Web...

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Technical Perspective: Computer Science Takes on Molecular Dynamics

The following paper by researcher David Shaw and colleagues describes their Anton molecular dynamics engine....

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Anton, A Special-Purpose Machine For Molecular Dynamics Simulation

The ability to perform long, accurate molecular dynamics (MD) simulations involving proteins and other biological macro-molecules could in principle provide answers...

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The Emergence of a Networking Primitive in Wireless Sensor Networks

The wireless sensor network community approached networking abstractions as an open question, allowing answers to emerge with time and experience. The Trickle algorithm...

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Technical Perspective: The Physical Side of Computing

Wireless sensor networks represent a new computing platform that blends computation, sensing, and communication...
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